Say what you will of Eddie Murphy's career as of late, but the man continues to find work. Alcon Entertainment is going back in time to the ‘70s and will be developing a live-action/animated adaptation of Hanna-Barbera's Hong Kong Phooey cartoon. Murphy has been tapped to voice the kung-fu canine, which was originally voiced by Scatman Crothers. For those not old enough to remember the series, it centered on a dog name Penry who gains the ability to walk, talk, and do martial arts after stumbling into a mystic ceremony that grants him powers.

Now, as a part of the human world, Penry works as a janitor at a police station by day, and patrols the streets at night as Hong Kong Phooey. Murphy has proved that he's still a force to be reckoned with, showcasing impressive voice acting skills. He was memorable as the dragon "Mushu" in Disney's Mulan, and he was one of the highlights of the Shrek series as the fast-talking Donkey.

Director Alex Zamm (Tooth Fairy 2) is calling the shots behind this one. We'll keep you posted as more news develops.

[via ExtraTV]